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Boccia Canada – (Longueuil, QC) Athletes from across Canada will be gathering in Lonqueuil, Quebec to battle for a spot on the podium at the 2017 Canadian Boccia Championships. This weekend will see both experienced and rookie athletes hit the court with gold on their minds.

Boccia Canada Council Chair, Gary Vander Vies comments, “I am really excited about the 2017 Championships! I expect there will be many close matches. The calibre of our athletes has increased substantially over the last few years due to the hard work of the athletes and the coaches. This improvement in progress will be evident on the field of play.”

This year’s championships, hosted by the Association Québécoise de Sports pour Paralytiques Cérébraux, are taking things to the next level with the introduction of several new components. This will be the first national competition to implement rule changes that were made after the 2016 Paralympic Games and the competition has expanded to include a new division of players. In addition, for those who want to catch all the action but are not able to attend, the event will be live streamed on www.bocciacanada.ca so spectators won’t need to miss a minute of the action during all three days of competition.

“We continue to make considerable enhancements to the overall production quality of the Canadian Boccia Championships, and in doing so, we are taking the event to new heights,” stated Peter Leyser, Executive Director, Boccia Canada. “This year we have significantly expanded our efforts in the areas of traditional and social media, live webcasting, and more on-site Boccia Canada branding, all of which will greatly increase the overall experience for the athletes, officials, volunteers and supporters attending, plus those watching online.”

As part of Canada’s sesquicentennial year, Boccia Canada is excited to collaborate with the ParticipACTION 150 Play List, which recognizes 150 activities in Canada and challenges Canadians to get active. On Saturday March 18, members of the community can give boccia a shot from 10:00-3:00pm in the Playlist Zone. Prizes and giveaways will be available.  

With medals on the line in team, pairs and individual divisions, there will be plenty of action for spectators. Vander Vies concludes, “Be ready to grab the edge of your seat!”

Competition Site:
Centre Sportif Collège Edouard-Montpetit
260 rue de Gentilly Est
Longueuil
J4H 4A4
 
Dates:
Friday, March 17, 2017: Team and Pair Competition
Saturday, March 18, 2017: Individual Competition
Sunday, March 19, 2017: Individual Competition & Medal Ceremony

Attending Athletes
 

First Name
 

Last Name
 

Classification
 

Newfoundland

 

 

Lois

Martin

BC1

Stephen

Wescott

BC1

Krystin

Collins

BC2

Michael

Mercer

BC2

Hayley

Redmond

BC2

 

 

 

Nova Scotia

 

 

Jennica

Gagne

BC3

K. Michael

Smith

BC3

 

 

 

Quebec

 

 

Dorya

Belal

BC1

Josée

Lamothe

BC1

Éric

Lefebvre

BC1

Sylvain

Dupuis

BC2

Benoit

Ostiguy

BC2

Éric

Bussiére

BC3

Bruno

Garneau

BC3

Philippe

Lord

BC3

Iulian

Ciobanu

BC4

Marco

Dispaltro

BC4

Alison

Levine

BC4

Richard

Brochu

open

Nancy

Caldwell

open

Ariane

Dubuc

open

 

 

 

Wild Card

 

 

Alexandre

Ziegler

BC1

Dave

Richer

BC2

Giancarlo

Bizzarro

BC3

Samuel

Lafleur

BC3

Marylou

Martineau

BC3

Marianne

Paquet

BC3

Alexandre

Lemaire

BC4

 

 

 

Ontario

 

 

Jamie

McKee

BC1

Brock

Richardson

BC1

Keven

Smith-Worthylake

BC1

Adam

Dukovich

BC2

Tammy

McLeod

BC2

Clarence

Merrigan

BC3

Kevin

Shaw

BC3

Giovanni

De Sero

BC4

 

 

 

British Columbia

 

 

Chris

Halpen

BC1

Hanif

Mawji

BC1

Gabe

Wadham

BC1

Paul

Jalbert

BC2

Alison

Kabush

BC3

Caroline

Vietnieks

BC4

About Boccia Canada

Boccia Canada is the boccia delivery arm of the Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sports Association (CCPSA), the National Sport Organization for the Paralympic sport of boccia. Boccia Canada is focused on providing athletes and individuals of all ages and skill with the chance to play a unique Paralympic sport. CCPSA and its provincial partners cooperate as a proactive force to facilitate the development of equitable and fair sporting opportunities for athletes with cerebral palsy and related disabilities.

About boccia

Boccia is a Paralympic sport of precision and strategy similar to lawn bowling or curling, played by athletes with Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy and related disabilities. It is one of only two Paralympic sports that do not have an Olympic counterpart. Athletes compete in one of four sport classes based on their level and type of disability: BC1, BC2, BC3 and BC4. For more information on boccia, visit www.bocciacanada.ca.